By Sally McGlew
THE inaugural Food for Thought project at the Mundaring Arts Centre, will conclude with a workshop showcasing the result of skills sharing between master artists and the local community.
Project manager Jenny Haynes said the idea to pit a high-end artist with a grass roots group of participants enhanced the point of difference for everyone involved.
Writer Josephine Clarke said that had been her experience.
Clarke was responsible for curating a large book focused on food which attracted so many entries that the best way to display the works ended up being in a bound volume of printed matter.
“The popularity of the project since then has meant we have had another print run of 100 books, so popular was the printed version of this work,” Clarke said.
Clarke conducted the workshops through her participation at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre.
“It was a great atmosphere to be able to have the group speak freely and read their works related to food and there was such a breadth of topics, nothing was off limits,” she said.
“There was the agony of eating disorders, the burden of women being seen as the food providers, and then the joy of everything in between.”
Clarke said the common themes covered in the workshop included hunger, vessels, ingredients, love identity, harvest and family.
Ms Haynes said at the end of the project there would have been 80 workshops and more than 1200 participants involved in Food for Thought.
“It has been extremely popular,” Ms Haynes said.
The Mundaring Arts Centre will host a free artist talk on July 24 at 11.30am.
Selections of the art completed over the Food for Thought project are on display at the Centre until August 1.
Shire president John Daw said the mentorship component of the project, having established artists sharing their skills while delivering art and writing workshops to people of all ages, was unique.
To book a seat for the Artist Talk visit www.mundaringartscentre.com.au